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The Portsmouth Grammar School is delighted to announce that Mr Walter Cha has been appointed as the new Chair of the Governing Body at the school from September 2017.

Mr Cha has been a PGS Governor since 2007, serving most recently as Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee. His connection with the school is not only as a Governor; his son, Richard, attended the school from 1996 – 2010 becoming the Senior Prefect in his final year.

“I am delighted and honoured to have been elected Chair of Governors,” said Mr Cha. “I very much look forward to continuing the excellent work that my predecessor, Brian Larkman, has done during his tenure as Chair. PGS is an outstanding school providing a wonderful educational experience for all its pupils.”

Away from PGS, Mr Cha is a former managing partner at Blake Morgan and he is also Chair of Shaping Portsmouth Business Leaders Group.

The appointment of a new Chair of Governors signals a fond farewell to Mr Brian Larkman who has served as Chair for 8 years.

“I felt it an enormous privilege to have been given the opportunity to become a governor of my old school in 2002 and to take the Chair in 2009,” said Mr Larkman. “Throughout my term of office I have been impressed by the dedication and professionalism of the Governing Body which has maintained a very close and constructive relationship with the school’s leadership team, which I am confident Walter will maintain.”

During the tenure of Mr Larkman as Chairman of Governors the school has seen major changes, including the transition of headmaster from Dr Tim Hands to Mr James Priory, the achievement of gaining International Baccalaureate World School status, the building of the Bristow-Clavell Science Centre and the transformation of the Sixth Form Centre.

“The school has managed to maintain a delicate balance between aspiration and compassion which has allowed its pupils the freedom to thrive,” concludes Mr Larkman. “If I have managed to play a small part in maintaining that balance while putting in place sound plans for the future, I will feel more than content with a job done well.”

One of Mr Cha’s first roles as Chair will be to lead the search for a new Head when Mr Priory leaves in August 2018.